NCAC Subchapter 08N – Professional Ethics and Conduct

Section .0100 – Scope and Applicability

21 NCAC 08N .0101 Scope of these Rules

  1. The rules in this Subchapter are the Rules of Professional Ethics and Conduct that G.S. 93‑12(9) authorizes the Board to adopt. As such, they complement the other statutory causes for discipline set out in G.S. 93‑12 (9)(a) through (d) and other provisions of G.S. 93, 55B, 57D, and 59-84.2.  These Rules cover a broad range of behavior and shall not enumerate every possible unethical act.
  2. In the interpretation and enforcement of these Rules, the Board will consider the following without dispositive weight: relevant interpretations, rulings and opinions issued by the boards of other jurisdictions and by appropriately authorized ethics committees of professional organizations.

21 NCAC 08N .0102 Applicability and Organization of Rules

These Rules are applicable to all certificate holders. Rules in Section .0200 of this Subchapter relate to CPAs whether or not employed in the public practice of accountancy. Rules in Section .0300 of this Subchapter pertain to CPAs using the CPA title in connection with providing products or services to clients. Rules in Section .0400 of this Subchapter pertain to CPAs whenever engaged in attest services.

21 NCAC 08N .0103 Responsibility for Compliance by Others

A CPA and CPA firm shall be responsible for assuring compliance with the rules in this Subchapter by anyone who is the CPA’s partner, fellow shareholder, member, officer, director, licensed employee, unlicensed employee or agent or unlicensed principal, or by anyone whom the CPA supervises. A CPA or CPA firm shall not permit others (including affiliated entities) to carry out on the CPA’s behalf, with or without compensation, acts that if carried out by the CPA would be a violation of these Rules.